Today show's Tim Davies forced to self-isolate

Marni Dixit
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Channel 9's Tim Davies has been forced to self-isolate amid fears of coronavirus. Photo: Instagram/Tim Davies

Today show weatherman Tim Davies is the latest Channel 9 breakfast star to be forced into self-isolation for the next two weeks.

Tim was on one of the first flights into Australia after Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that all passengers arriving in the country would need to self-isolate for 14 days to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Taking to Instagram, the presenter shared a photo of himself at Dubai International Airport. He wrote, "So, I’m on one of the first international flights to land in Australia tomorrow where everyone on-board will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

“This is the right move by our government. Passengers don’t seem angry, panicked or confused by this move.

“My @thetodayshow family has been fantastic & I’ll be back on air after a bit of a ‘longer than expected’ break.”

Only a few hours earlier, Tim shared a snap of himself on the slopes in Austria with the caption, "All good things must come to an end... An amazing few days enjoying the clean, crisp air of the quiet Austrian Alps. But, as Covid-19 continues to spread my mask is back on as I head home."

From Monday, Channel 9 will have a number of presenters fill in for Tim from around the country. Kicking things off will be Aislin Kriukelis.

Tim is just one of a number of Channel 9 presenters who have been forced into self-isolation.

Today Extra's David Campbell and Belinda Russell interviewed Rita Wilson and husband Tom Hanks on March 9, just days before the couple announced they had contracted COVID-19.

Richard Wilkins has also tested positive for coronavirus after coming into close contact with Rita at Channel 9 and also backstage at her concert at the Sydney Opera House on March 7.

Richard Wilkins has tested positive for COVID-19 after coming in close contact with Rita Wilson and husband Tom Hanks who have also tested positive for the virus. Photo: Twitter/Richard Wilkins

A Channel 9 spokesperson told News.com.au on Sunday: "Richard is not showing any symptoms of the virus and has been self-isolating, on his own at home, since Thursday last week.

“Since he is still without symptoms the authorities advise that he has not knowingly put others at risk, although anyone he has been in contact with prior to Thursday afternoon has been notified and will be tested if they show any symptoms of the virus.

“We want to assure everyone that Richard is feeling well and still without symptoms.”

In a Tweet, the presenter wrote, "Hey ....sincere thanks for all the messages...I really appreciate it. It’s actually a bizarre feeling to have tested positive to this thing we’ve all been talking about. I feel 100% ...no symptoms at all! Thanks again ....love to all RW xx."

Richard was also in contact with NovaFM's Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald and Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli last week, so the radio show team will also be self-isolating for two weeks.

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